Republican Dino Rossi advanced to the general election in Washington state’s 8th Congressional District, a competitive open seat in the general election.
Under Washington’s “top-two” primary system, candidates of all parties compete in the same primary. The top two finishers advance to the general election, regardless of affiliation.
With 64 percent of the vote tallied, the Associated Press projected Rossi, who was running first, would advance. He is a former gubernatorial and Senate candidate who also served in the state legislature.
Republican Rep. David Reichert is retiring. The district, which stretches from the Seattle suburbs east into the Cascade Mountains, is the only one in the state that backed Hillary Clinton for president but also sent a Republican to Congress.
A pair of Democrats were in close competition for the second slot — physician Kim Schrier, who was endorsed by Emily’s List and most labor unions; and Jason Rittereiser, a lawyer, who argued that his rural roots would make him more electable in November.